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Eleanor Ellis Westcott

Other Name:
Eleanor H. Ellis
1802 or 1803
Home Town:
Saratoga, NY
James Randall Westcott, Jr. (October 16, 1819)
Biographical Notes:
Eleanor Ellis Westcott, daughter of Robert Ellis and Lucy Pitkin Ellis of Saratoga, NY, attended the Litchfield Female Academy from 1816 until 1817. Her sistesr Pamelia Ellis Westcott attended the school at the same time. In 1819 Eleanor married James Randall Westcott, Jr., a politician and businessman of Saratoga Springs, NY. Little else is known about Eleanor's life until her death in 1832.

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help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
1816 Litchfield Female Academy Catalog (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA; The University Press, 1903).

1817 Litchfield Female Academy Winter Session Catalogue (Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes. More Chronicles of A Pioneer School From 1792 to 1833. Cambridge, MA: The University Press, 1927).

Eleanor Ellis Westcott in mentioned in Sarah Finkle, Nancy Waldo, and Minerva Finkle's letter to Eliza A. Ogen on April 4, 1817 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).

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